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Information Literacy for First Year Students: Lesson 2: Identifying search terms

Information Literacy Programme for first year students. Start with "Home" and finish with "Unit 7: Information Identity" Assistance to enrol, click here Blackboard user

Tips to help you identify search terms

  • Begin with only 2-3 terms. Avoid long phrases. (The
  • more terms you enter, the fewer results you’ll get.)
  • Synonyms:
  • If your first term doesn’t work, try a synonym or a
  • broader term.
  • Subject terms show how a database organizes records:
  • they can help you locate more items on that topic and
  • related topics.

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Identifying search terms

When identifying search terms, pay particular attention to the following aspects to ensure that all likely relevant terms are included in the search strategy: